Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
Andréa Parisy ...
Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
Ivan Desny ...
Maurice Teynac ...
Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès ...
Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
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Bratfisch
Fabienne Dali ...
Mizzi Kaspar
Roger Pigaut ...
Count Karolyi
Bernard La Jarrige ...
Loschek (as Bernard Lajarrige)
Véronique Vendell ...
Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)
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Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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No one woman could satisfy him...until he fell in love.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related scenes | See all certifications »
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19 December 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciasi  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(Turner Classic Movies)

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(Westrex Recording System)| (UK release) (RCA Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although she played his mother in Mayerling, Ava Gardner was only nine years older than Omar Sharif. See more »

Goofs

The Prince of Wales says that Wilhelm (referring to Kaiser Wilhelm II) was his "cousin" when in fact he was his nephew. The Prince of Wales was the son of Queen Victoria; Kaiser Wilhelm was her grandson. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Losch: Papers.
Archduke Rudolf: I haven't any.
Archduke Rudolf: Your name, then.
Archduke Rudolf: Rudolph.
Inspector Losch: Rudolph what?
Archduke Rudolf: Take your choice: Rudolph, Franz, Charles.
Inspector Losch: And no papers? You're going to be lucky, my little humorist, if you...
[looks up, then slowly rises to his feet]
Inspector Losch: Your Royal Highness! You will forgive me?
Archduke Rudolf: I will forgive you, naturally. And you, in return, will forgive these, these friends of mine and release them at once.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against of a colour-changing background of glass frosted with ice flowers. At times, the ice is cleared, as though by a warm breath, and reveals the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian empire. See more »

Connections

Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Spartacus Suite
Written by Aram Khachaturyan
Arranged by Roland Shaw (uncredited)
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NON-FICTION OR OTHERWISE, A LOVELY FILM!
6 August 2004 | by (The Philippines) – See all my reviews

The dashing Omar Sharif was born to be a crown-prince, or at least look the part to perfection (is he of royal Egyptian blood?), while Catherine Deneuve takes your breath away in every scene she's in, most notably as they watch "Giselle" at the theater. An Oedipus complex is hinted at here, and I suppose not all sons (not even only sons!) kiss their mothers on the lips (or it could be an Austrian thing, who knows?). But given his lifestyle of high living, promiscuity and dalliances with radical politics, coupled by an addiction to morphine and the off-chance of insanity in the blood, I don't think the end was as bittersweet and romantic as the movie portrayed it to be. No doubt the prince was a depressed, politically-impotent man who saw no promise in a future which included a loveless marriage, a domineering father and a mother who was never there--no big deal to most, but this was an only child used to getting his way most of the time. I'm sure Maria Vetsera, practically a child in love for the first time, was only too flattered to have been chosen by the prince to die with him. All in the name of love, of course.


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